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CU23 - Bachelor of Multimedia Studies

About Multimedia

Multimedia is used to describe the integrated presentation of text, graphics, sound and animation.  In the Information Age, those who are skilled in the production and application of multimedia technologies are in high demand.

Multimedia students are provided with a general introduction to multimedia studies before choosing specialisations. Industry standard software equipped with modern visual, graphic, and audio technologies is used by students to implement multimedia systems.  Students explore design methods, authoring languages and software tools associated with multimedia studies so they have an understanding of the engineering, educational, and artistic facets of the field.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

The multimedia world is a gold mine full of career opportunities for those with the aptitude to combine creative ability and technological skills.  You may specialise in video and sound editing to special effects, virtual reality, animation, games or interactive multimedia programming. Employment opportunities are found in publishing, entertainment, interactive multimedia and web, fashion and interior design, animation, special effects, gaming, the arts and advertising industries.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - BDG; BNE; GDC; MEL; MKY; ROK; SYD; External
International - BDG; BNE; GDC; HTD; MEL; MKY; ROK; SYD
Courses/Units of Credit 24 courses/144 units of credit
Faculty Informatics and Communication
How to Apply QTAC or direct
Entry Requirements
Professional Accreditation Australian Computer Society (ACS) - Professional Level. Refer to the ACS website at http://www.acs.org.au for information about personal eligibility for ACS membership.
Residential School not applicable
Practicum/Work placement not applicable
Exit Awards Diploma of Multimedia Studies , Associate Degree of Multimedia Studies
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal BMmSt 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes 023165M - QLD / 029395D - NSW / 030617G - VIC

Program Aims

The Bachelor of Multimedia Studies is a three-year program that prepares students for a career in the digital media industries. The program provides practical skills and relevant theory that can be applied in a variety of fields associated with information and communication technology, visual arts and design, and media and cultural studies.

On completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • develop an original multimedia product from concept to implementation;
  • create digital content (text, images, animation, audio and video) for multimedia applications on the Web, CD, DVD and other delivery platforms;
  • demonstrate proficiency with industry-standard software development tools;
  • understand the social, economic and cultural significance of multimedia;
  • demonstrate a knowledge of the multimedia industry, relevant professional issues, and future directions;
  • apply theories of media and communication to multimedia development;
  • apply traditional design principles in a new media context;
  • work independently or as a member of a team (face-to-face or virtual), employing appropriate interpersonal and group skills;
  • communicate effectively with clients and other professionals; and
  • solve problems and demonstrate critical and creative thinking ability.
Career options

Career options for graduates exist in areas such as web design, multimedia authoring, graphic design, illustration, animation, interactive entertainment, audio production, video production, film and television post-production, publishing, software development, electronic commerce, advertising, marketing, education and training.

Program Structure

To be eligible to graduate, students must complete 24 courses/144 units of credit comprising:

  • 6 compulsory courses at Level 1
  • 6 compulsory courses at Advanced Level
  • 6 multimedia elective courses
  • 6 general elective courses

Courses Offered

6 compulsory courses at Level 1:


Course Code Course Name
MMST11001 Introduction to Multimedia
MMST11002 Web Design and Development
MMST11003 Design Perspectives
COIS11011 Foundations of Business Computing
CULT11002 Cultural Industries
COMM11005 Introduction to Communication and Culture

6 compulsory courses (36 units of credit) at Advanced Level:

Course Code Course Name
MMST12004 Multimedia Design
MMST12005 New Media Histories and Practices
MMST12009 Dynamic Web Interfaces
MMST12017 Interactive Animation
MMST12018 Illustration and Visualisation
MMST13015 Collaborative Multimedia Project

6 multimedia electives which may be selected from:

Course Code Course Name
MMST12015 Digital Movie-Making
MMST12016 Digital Audio
CULT12004 Cultural and Media Identity
COMM12022 Technology, Communication and Culture
COMM12023 Screen Studies
COMM12030 Desktop Publishing
COMM12116 Contemporary Photomedia
COIS12036 Human-Computer Interaction
COIT11133 Programming A
COIT11134 Programming B
COIT11166 Systems Analysis and Design
COIT12137 Java for Object-Oriented Programmers
COIT12140 Object-Oriented Programming
COIT12141 Computer Graphics
COIT12167 Database Use and Design
COIT12170 Data Communications
COIT13132 Professional Issues
COIT13143 Database Application Development
COIT13147 Networks
COIT13211 Security and the Internet
ENCO11005 Computer Hardware Fundamentals
LITR19047 Science Fiction and Film

Plus 6 general electives (36 units of credit) which may be selected from any degree offered by the University.

Multimedia electives allow students to specialise in a particular area. General electives allow students to add greater depth to their area of specialisation or to create a second area of specialisation.

No more than twelve Level 1 courses may be credited towards the degree.

Students may not take the following courses as general electives because of content overlap with compulsory courses and multimedia electives.
Course Code Course Name
COIS11077 Introduction to Computing
COIS11014 Engineering Computing
COIS11015 Introductory Computing Applications
Recommended study schedule
Students who are unable to complete the Bachelor of Multimedia Studies may apply to exit from the program with either a Diploma of Multimedia Studies (48 units of credit) or an Associate Degree of Multimedia Studies (96 units of credit). In such cases, students must satisfy the requirements of the relevant exit award and apply in writing to the Dean of the Faculty of Informatics & Communication. For further information, refer to the Handbook entries for the Diploma of Multimedia Studies and the Associate Degree of Multimedia Studies.

Please note that full-time students usually enrol in four courses per term and part-time students usually enrol in two courses per term.


Year 1 - T1
Course Code Course Name
MMST11001 Introduction to Multimedia
COIS11011 Foundations of Business Computing
CULT11002 Cultural Industries
  • General Elective
Year 1 - T2
Course Code Course Name
MMST11002 Web Design and Development
MMST11003 Design Perspectives
COMM11005 Introduction to Communication and Culture
  • General Elective
Year 2 - T1
Course Code Course Name
MMST12004 Multimedia Design
MMST12017 Interactive Animation
  • Multimedia Elective
  • General Elective
Year 2 - T2
Course Code Course Name
MMST12005 New Media Histories and Practices
MMST12018 Illustration and Visualisation
  • Multimedia Elective
  • General Elective
Year 3 - T1
  • Multimedia Elective
  • General Elective
Year 3 - T2
Course Code Course Name
MMST13015 Collaborative Multimedia Project

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